Sports-Medicine Staffs Report Pressure to Clear Concussed Athletes Prematurely

More than half of the 900 respondents to a 2013 survey of NCAA athletic trainers and team physicians said they had felt pressure to return concussed players to action before the athletes were medically ready.

Sixty-four percent of responding clinicians said that the athletes had sought premature clearance to play, while nearly 54 percent of the surveyed medical-staff members had felt pressure from coaches, according to the study, published in the Journal of Athletic Training.

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George Washington U. Won’t Make Applicants Submit SAT or ACT Scores

George Washington University announced on Monday that it would go test-optional, becoming one of the most prominent colleges to no longer require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. The Washington Post reports the university said it was making the change because it feared the requirement had kept some students from applying.

“Although we have long employed a holistic application-review process, we had concerns that students who could be successful at GW felt discouraged from applying if their scores were not as strong as their high-school performance,” the university’s dean of admissions, Karen Stroud Felton, told the Post.

The Hatchet, George Washington’s student newspaper, reported this year that the university had admitted 45 percent of its applicants for the incoming freshman class, its highest rate in more than 10 years. Meanwhile, The Hatchet noted, the university’s peer institutions have boasted increasing selectivity in their rates of admission.

George Washington joins a list of several institutions that have gone test-optional in recent years, including Wake Forest University, DePaul University, and American University.

George Washington University dropped its testing requirement for most freshman admissions Monday, becoming one of the largest and most prominent schools to declare that its applicants don’t have to take the SAT or ACT. The announcement from the private university in the nation’s capital reflects a growing belief in some college admission circles that standardized tests are a barrier to recruiting disadvantaged students.

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Black Students Are Among the Least-Prepared for College, Report Says

African-American students’ college readiness is lagging compared with that of other underrepresented students, according to a new report released on Monday by ACT and the United Negro College Fund. Sixty-two percent of African-American students who graduated from high school in 2014 and took the ACT met none of the organization’s four benchmarks that measure college readiness, which was twice the rate for all students.

“To help African-American students, we need to improve the quality of educati…


Investigation Finds High Dropout Rates at Unaccredited Law Schools

Nearly nine out of 10 students who attend unaccredited law schools in California drop out within four years, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.

The schools offer four-year programs, and their students are allowed to take the state bar examination, although the schools are not required to meet the same academic standards as those that are accredited nationally or by the state bar. Students at the unaccredited schools are generally not eligible for federal financial assistance…


UC-San Diego Wins Suit Against USC Over Control of Alzheimer’s Project

The University of California at San Diego has prevailed in an unusual lawsuit against the University of Southern California over control of a major project to study Alzheimer’s disease, the Los Angeles Times reported.

San Diego accused Paul S. Aisen, who resigned his position there in June, and the other defendants of improperly conspiring to transfer the Alzheimer’s study to Southern California, which is Dr. Aisen’s new employer. The defendants argued that it was commonplace for departing resea…


U. of North Dakota May End Up With ‘North Dakota’ as Nickname

The University of North Dakota’s president said on Friday that, while he appreciated the work of a campus committee charged with recommending a new nickname for the university, he wasn’t wholly satisfied with its choices, the Grand Forks Herald reports. In a public email, the president, Robert O. Kelley, wrote that he welcomed the list of recommendations, but he thought it was missing one nickname option: “North Dakota.”

The email followed criticism of the committee’s decision to omit “North Dakota” as well as no nickname from the list of finalists, which the public will vote on this fall. The five finalists — Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders, and Sundogs — were selected from a long list of proposed nicknames, some of them not very flattering, that were submitted by the public. The university has been without a nickname since 2012, when it retired its Fighting Sioux moniker.

“I want to state here that we are ‘North Dakota,’ and we will always be ‘North Dakota.’ I believe it is in the best interest of the University to have a new nickname—something that will go along with continuing to be ‘North Dakota’ — just as other major universities have nicknames. I think students, alumni, and fans would benefit from having cheers, chants and songs that connect to a true nickname. But that doesn’t and won’t detract from the fact we will always be ‘North Dakota.’ ”

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Another College President Forgoes a Pay Raise

The president of Northern Kentucky University, Geoffrey S. Mearns, has declined a pay raise unanimously approved by the college’s Board of Regents. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Mr. Mearns declined the raise because faculty and staff members were not getting performance raises. Mr. Mearns also declined a $25,000 bonus, and directed that it be given to a scholarship fund.

Mr. Mearns is the latest in a line of college leaders — at the University of Texas at Austin, Kentucky State University, and the University of Cincinnati — who have recently turned down more money.

Northern Kentucky University President Geoffrey Mearns has declined to accept a merit pay raise and performance bonus under his employment contract, the university’s Board of Regents said Thursday. Instead of accepting the bonus, Mearns directed the board to allocate the $25,000 annual payment to the NKU Foundation to support the Mearns/Proud Family Scholarship Fund, according to a statement distributed Thursday to NKU students, faculty and staff.

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U. of Cincinnati Overhauls Police Patrols After Fatal Shooting by Officer

The University of Cincinnati’s president on Thursday announced changes in how the institution’s police force operates, following an officer’s fatal shooting of a black man during a traffic stop on Sunday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The officer, Ray Tensing, shot and killed Samuel Dubose, 43, during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate that took place about half a mile from the university’s main campus. Mr. Dubose’s family and others have staged protests calling for the releas…


Former Valdosta State U. Student’s Free-Speech Lawsuit Ends in $900,000 Settlement

A former Valdosta State University student’s long-running First Amendment lawsuit will end with a $900,000 settlement, according to a news release from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Thomas Hayden Barnes was expelled from the Georgia college in 2008 after he protested the building of two parking garages. He sued the college’s president, Ronald M. Zaccari, and in 2013 a federal jury awarded Mr. Barnes $50,000 after finding that the college had violated his due-process rights. …


Financial-Services Company Is Accused of Misleading Students

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a complaint against a financial-services company, Student Financial Aid Services Inc., that it says illegally misled students. The federal bureau announced on Thursday that it had filed a proposed consent order that, if approved by a federal judge, would require the company to pay $5.2 million back to consumers.

The bureau alleges that the company, which provides assistance in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or Fafsa) a…